Practical Application of the Earth Remote Sensing Technologies to Solve Social and Economic Challenges Workshop

Last 25-26 March 2015, Ms. Ma. Flordeliza P. Del Castillo of the Geomatics for Environment and Development program attended the Practical Application of the Earth Remote Sensing Technologies to Solve Social and Economic Challenges Workshop held in Moscow, Russia. This workshop delivered lectures...

Open path Differential Optical Absorption Spectrometer (DOAS)

Funded through the Department of Science and Technology-PCASTRD grant (2008-present), the Differential Optical Absorption Spectrometer (DOAS) an instrument under development with the Air Quality Dynamics group. DOAS is used for measuring air pollution concentration. DOAS transmits ultraviolet light through the atmosphere, with the...

Sidereal Time: How to measure time by looking at the stars

A. What is Sidereal Time? In his book, Light Cavalry, Fr. Horacio de la Costa, SJ described Manila Observatory’s time-keeping service in the 1930’s–a service which dates even before the year 1900: The government supplies the Observatory with personnel, equipment, and special telegraphic...

Partnerships for Disaster and Climate Resilience: Prepare, Adapt and Transform

The proliferation of public and private sector initiatives and activities – shows that there is increased attention being given to building disaster and climate resilience in the Philippines. The private sector, in particular, has become increasingly involved in initiatives to make businesses more...

Manila Observatory: Frontline View of Climate Change, and the Poverty-Risk Connection

From their vantage point at Manila Observatory, scientists have monitored changes in temperature and rainfall that have altered life in the Philippines. But they also have watched changes due to human actions—land-use, building, and development decisions that have made people more vulnerable to...

Manila Observatory’s Dr. Faye Cruz Wins Best Poster at International Climate Conference in Brussels

Filipino scientist Dr. Faye Cruz of the Regional Climate Systems Research Program of the Manila Observatory won best poster award at the recent International Conference on Regional Climate (CORDEX 2013) held in Brussels, Belgium. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the European...

Communicating Climate Change to Flood-Prone Communities

In August 2012, Metro Manila and its environs experienced the effect of an enhanced Southwest monsoon season (locally  known as habagat) which brought continuous heavy rains over a few days. Many called the disaster a “disaster with no name” as there was no associated tropical cyclone activity that was responsible...

Toolkit for Local Government Units

A  toolkit  for  Local  Government  Units,  “Alternative Pathways  to Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction” was  launched  in 2012. The toolkit consists of a 12-step  process  for  local  governments  to  mainstream climate  change  adaptation  and  disaster  risk  reduction  (CCA-DRR). It includes methods...

Helping Communities Understand Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation

Scientists from the Manila Observatory helped  train local government units and communities in the science and framework  behind  disaster  risk  reduction  and  climate change adaptation (DRR-CCA). The  trainings  took  place  in  Iligan City,   Lanao del Norte and at the Climate Change Academy in...

Metro Manila Air Quality

Air  quality  monitoring  around Metro  Manila  in  (1)  National Printing  Office  along  EDSA,  (2)  Philippine General Hospital along  Taft  Avenue,   and  (3)  Metro  Manila  Development  Authority Tapayan  Pumping  Station  in  Taytay,  Rizal began  in December  2012,   as  part  of   the  1  year monitoring ...